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‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch will be moved to adult court, could face jail time

Texas teenager Ethan Couch, whose “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunk driving case sparked national outrage, will be moved to an adult court, a judge ruled Friday.<p>Couch, 18, had initially been sentenced by a juvenile court judge to drug- and alcohol-free probation for a 2013 crash that left four …

Crime

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Global stocks slip after good week, as oil prices lose gains | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major world stock markets slipped on Friday, but still had their best week this year, as crude oil prices stabilized.<p>Yields on short-dated U.S. bond yields rose though after U.S. inflation data raised the possibility the Federal Reserve may raise interest again earlier than …

Oil

Remains of at least 100 may have been tossed into sewers under prison

<b>(CNN) —</b> Colombian authorities are investigating the disappearance and possible dismemberment of at least 100 people whose bodies were allegedly thrown into a sewer system underneath a notorious prison in Bogota.<p>The investigation is focusing on La Modelo, one of Colombia's largest and most …

Latin America

Trial begins of woman accused of cutting unborn baby from womb

Colorado woman Michelle Wilkins tells court she tried to fight back in assault after responding to Craigslist ad, as details emerge about attacker's obsession with pregnancy<p>A Colorado woman alleged to have cut a baby from the womb of a soon-to-be mother has gone on trial, with the victim saying she …

Migration to U.S. extra risky for transgenders

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Dayanara Lisbet and Rubi Bracho were standing outside a fast-food restaurant in Mexico when suddenly a car pulled up beside them. Inside were four men wearing Mexican migration officials’ uniforms and ski masks.<p>Lisbet, 18, and Bracho, 21, two transgender women from Central …

Mexico

Four High School Seniors Allegedly Gang Raped Two 15 Year Olds on School Trip

Four Mt. Rainier High School seniors have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping two 15-year-old schoolmates, PEOPLE confirms.<p>The girls were …

Crime

A flash of anger from Pope Francis as he is jostled by enthusiastic crowds

For a pope known for enjoying affectionate gestures from his flock, it was a familiar scene Tuesday afternoon in Morelia as he waded through a throng of youngsters, touching hands, kissing children and exchanging greetings.<p>But some people apparently took it too far, and the pope didn't like it.<p>As …

Pope Francis

Indonesian minister says the LGBT community has 'a genetic disorder'

An Indonesian minister's remarks about the LGBT community is ruffling feathers in the Muslim country.<p>Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia's coordinating …

Woman says she fought attacker, tried to protect unborn baby

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A woman whose baby was cut from her womb by someone she just met testified Wednesday that she told herself she had to survive …

Crime

These two Garden Grove neighbors feuded for years; now one is on trial for murder

The man at 12681 Poplar Street was Robert J. Price, a 52-year-old building inspector. He kept a .44 Smith & Wesson six-shooter in his bedroom safe.<p>The man at 12682 Taylor Street was Glen Ray Berry, a 53-year-old former truck driver. He liked to set off firecrackers in his backyard.<p>For a decade and …

Crime

South Dakota could be first state to ban transgender students in some restrooms

<b>(CNN) —</b> South Dakota could become the first state to ban transgender students from using restrooms of the gender they identify with.<p>The state Senate passed the bill Tuesday in a 20-15 vote, after the state House approved it 58-10 last month. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard's …

LGBTQI

Zika hysteria is way ahead of research into virus, says expert

Leslie Lobel says it’s unclear whether birth defects in Brazil are linked to Zika, and any panic can cause more harm than the virus itself<p>One of the world’s leading virologists has warned against public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly …

Disease

South Korea leader warns of North Korea collapse over nuclear program

South Korea's president warned Tuesday that North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang.<p>President Park Geun-hye, in addressing Parliament to defend the closure of a jointly run factory park in North …

The mosquitoes that changed history

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Spanish, mosquito translates to "little gnat," but its impact on history has been far from miniscule.<p>In just the most recent example, mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus throughout South and Central Americas, causing an increased incidence of birth defects.<p>However, the species of …

Public Health

Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter

When my digital media students are sitting, waiting for class to start, and staring at their phones, they are not checking Facebook. They’re not checking Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter. No, they’re catching up on the news of the day by checking out their friends’ Stories on Snapchat, chatting in …

Social Media

Giant iceberg in Antarctica kills off 150,000 penguins

Researchers believe a grounded iceberg in Antarctica – which is larger than Luxembourg – could lead to the loss of an entire colony of Adélie penguins which have been forced to travel 70 miles to feed<p>An enormous iceberg in Antarctica has killed off 150,000 penguins and threatens to wipe out an …

Global Warming

Girl, 16, shot on way to school: 'I'm a little bit happy, I still got my life'

A group of young boys had just passed Alex, running and skipping on their way to school, when the 16-year-old girl heard two shots down the street.<p>"The third one hit me like a paintball,” Alex said. "I looked down a little bit but then I just started running.”<p>The bullet had hit her in the left leg, …

World powers agree to 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria; outcome uncertain

<b>(CNN) —</b> Major world powers have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" and to the delivery of immediate aid in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced early Friday.<p>He spoke in Munich, Germany, where top diplomats from more than a dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, …

Middle East

The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):<p>2:28 a.m.<p>U.S. …

Middle East

Teen on hoverboard with gun loses balance, accidentally kills cousin

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Florida say a teen riding a hoverboard and holding a gun, apparently lost his balance and shot and killed a 13-year-old boy.<p>According to an arrest affidavit filed in Orange County, police were called to a home in Orlando on Sunday after a report that a boy was shot in the back of …

Hoverboards

Man allegedly decapitates grandparents at Oklahoma home day care

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 20-year-old man allegedly shot and decapitated his grandparents inside an Oklahoma City home that doubled as a day care.<p>Investigators who came to the house for a welfare check Tuesday afternoon found three children huddled inside an attached garage. The children were unharmed, police said.<p>…

Crime

Woman faces mandatory 6 years in prison for kicking deputy on shin

Tina Hunt had gone to the Cook County criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to attend her son's court appearance in November 2013 when she found herself in a dispute with sheriff's deputies.<p>After she was taken into custody, a sheriff's deputy charged that she kicked him in the …

Islamic authority rejects new Jerusalem Jewish prayer area

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the …

Israel

Life in prison for man who shot wife, put photo on Facebook

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.<p>Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny imposed the maximum possible sentence on …

Crime

Verizon just blatantly betrayed net neutrality by excluding its video app from data caps

The company's Go90 video app now gets special data privileges<p>The FCC's net neutrality rules, passed last year, explicitly ban internet providers from a number of discriminatory measures like throttling and blocking, but there's evidently a huge loophole that every major wireless carrier in the US …

Utah may declare pornography a 'public health crisis'

State Sen. Todd Weiler (R) recently introduced a legislative resolution that would recognize a range of "societal harms" from the pornography "epidemic."<p>"I'm hoping this will start educating people that pornography is actually addictive, that it's harmful to families and relationships," says …